The Marvel method of introducing the audience to individual characters before launching them into a group movie has proven to be very successful. They are following the same plan for their Netflix series, The Defenders.
We have seen seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. We have had two seasons of Daredevil. The even used the second season of Daredevil to launch their Punisher series. That is for another podcast though. They will be throwing these characters together (minus Punisher) to form the street level heroes team of the Defenders.
The Defenders will be pitted against the Hand, who played an integral part in the individual series. Any good Marvel fan knows when the Hand is involved you are likely to see Stick and Elektra as well. They are both in the Defenders series.
Continuing the tradition on being in every Netflix Marvel series to date, Rosario Dawson will be reprising her role as Claire Temple (Night Nurse).
We will see Sigourney Weaver in the Defenders as Alexandra. Not much is known about this character except she holds weight within the Hand organization.
I am hoping they can capture the same Marvel team dynamic from the movies to the TV screen. I can’t wait to see the buddy banter between Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Hopefully they will pull Misty Knight away from the police force and onto the team in season one. Her and Colleen Wing play off each other very well. Jessica Jones should keep the whole team grounded and focused on their task.
Elektra is back The headline is correct. Marvel is launching a new Elektra comic book set to hit shelves in February 2017. She has decided to relocate to Las Vegas.
Problem is, she isn’t the only one that has set up shop in Sin City. The villain, Arcade is headquartered there as well and he has taken a shine to Elektra.
Who is Elektra?
Elektra Natchios is a highly trained assassin of Greek descent. She wields a pair of bladed sai as her trademark weapons. She was born on a Greek island near the Aegean Sea. Her mother is killed, but gives birth to her prematurely before dying.
Elektra attended Columbia University in New York City where she began dating classmate Matt Murdock (Daredevil). Later, Elektra and her father are kidnapped by terrorists. A rescue attempt by Matt went wrong and her father was fatally shot. Elektra Columbia and returned to China to study martial arts. She met a member of the benevolent organization called the Chaste named Stick. He recognized the darkness in her soul and attempted to train her himself. She ultimately sided with a sect of mystical ninja called the Hand. They trained her as an assassin. She later broke away from them and became an independent agent. She encountered Matt Murdock, who was now active as Daredevil. He revealed his secret identity to her and they worked together to fight the Hand. They also came into conflict frequently.
Elektra’s Power and Abilities
Elektra has a strong knowledge of martial arts and weaponry. She learned the ancient martial arts of China, Siam, and Japan. She is a master combatant with the Okinawan sai. She is also highly skilled with the katana, daggers, three-section staff, and shuriken. She is a master of many Japanese combat forms including ninjutsu. Elektra has the ability to mesmerize others, and as such make them see illusions or other phenomena. She also has the ability to “throw” her mind into those of others. This temporary mind control enables her to metaphorically sniff out the psyche or intent of her targets.
Who is Arcade?
Arcade can be described as a combination of evil genius and hit-man. His preferred method of murder is an underground fun-house of colorful deathtraps. His deathtraps are usually decorated in cheery colors and disguised as an amusement park. He calls these deadly amusement parks, Murderworld. One recent notable exception to this is the Avengers Arena comic book. He and a new associate named Miss Coriander abduct 16 teenage superheroes (several with ties to the Avengers).
They strand them on a deserted island which has been modified as an elaborate Murderworld location. The teenager superheroes are forced to fight to the death. If one is not killed every day, he picks one to be taken out.
Arcade’s origin has never been fully explained. Even his real name remains largely unknown. By Arcade’s own account he was born into an extremely wealthy family. He lived most of his early life in either a ranch in Texas or a mansion in Beverly Hills (depends on which version of his story you believe). In his late teens/early 20’s his allowance was cut off by his father. He was told he did not deserve it. Arcade murders his father, and inherits all of the man’s vast estate. Since this story is told by Arcade himself the accuracy is questionable.
Arcade became a freelance assassin. He traveled across the world killing people. He amassed even more wealth than he already had. He learned he had an aptitude for technology. Arcade designed and built his first Murderworld. With the help of two mysterious assistants named Miss Locke and Mr. Chambers he emerged as the world’s most expensive hit-man. For the price of $1 million he would tailor Murderworld to exploit the specific weaknesses of his target. You could then watch as they are killed by the variety of colorful deathtraps strewn throughout the facility. One of his “gimmicks” is he always leaves each target a small chance of survival.
Arcade’s Power and Abilities
Arcade has no superhuman powers. He does possess genius-level knowledge of technology, particularly in the fields of robotics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. He is able to utilize technology make it seem as if he has powers.
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Running from her tumultuous past, ELEKTRA attempts to lose herself in a vibrant sea of neon, noise and anonymity: LAS VEGAS. But how long can a former ninja assassin really hope to escape the vortex of violence that encompasses her life…especially when there’s a new player in Sin City that has her in his sights for his newest game? Enter: Arcade.
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Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com geek out about the new season of Daredevil on Netflix.
This is the first in a planned series of shows detailing the Marvel universe. “Daredevil” follows Matt Murdock. He is an attorney by day and vigilante by night.
Matt was blinded in an accident as a child. He uses his heightened senses as Daredevil to fight crime on the streets of New York after the sun goes down.
His efforts are not welcomed by powerful businessman Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin. Murdock’s day job portrays a man who believes in the criminal justice system. His alter ego suggests otherwise. He takes the law into his own hands to protect his Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and the surrounding communities.
The origin story relates that while living in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle while pushing a man to safety from the oncoming truck. While he can no longer see, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability and gives him a “radar sense”.
His father, a boxer named Jack Murdock, supports him as he grows up. Jack is later killed by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight. After donning a yellow and dark red costume (later all dark red), Matt seeks out revenge against his father’s killers as the superhero Daredevil. He fights against his many enemies including Bullseye and Kingpin. He also becomes a lawyer. Daredevil’s nickname is “the Man Without Fear”.
Daredevil has been home to the work of comic-book artists such as Everett, Kirby, Wally Wood, John Romita Sr., and Gene Colan, among others. Frank Miller had an influential tenure on the title in the early 1980s and cemented the character as a popular and influential part of the Marvel Universe. Daredevil has since appeared in various forms of media including several animated series, video games and merchandise, and a feature-length film where he was portrayed by Ben Affleck. Charlie Cox plays the title character in Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix that premiered on April 10, 2015.